CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Frothy head that recedes rather quickly. It has a hazy orange apperance. It looks good, thus far. Lots of citrus, on the nose. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit immediately jump out, and hit my olfactories. The lemon does cut through, surprisingly. The rye is noticeable right away, and leaves a lasting impression on the taste buds. The lemon then, subtly kicks in, and couples well with the long lingering bitterness. The rye is becoming more noticeable in the aroma, and adding an additional nuance, that I canít necessarily say is good. Stone has a tendency to bit a bit over-the-top with their IPAs, which is fine. The rye is a bit much for me, and it seems to be becoming more and more dominant, and not leaving much for the lemon to kick in. Plus, the rye and lemon just donít go well together. Much more tame than their Ruination 10th Anniversary cleaning fluid.
beerbastard (630) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this up at Whole Foods. Holds a nice head while Iím drinking this. Big aromas of pine and lemons. Makes me think of walking thru pine forest with lemon trees. Tons of grass and pine with lemon drops complemented by a well balanced honeyed malt flavor. The combo of flavors follow into the finish, with some spicyness and burn. A Chirstmas tree came to mind while drinking. ( is that strange ).
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, dated 8/8/12 (this fresh?! on the east coast?! awesome!), from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, pale gold capped by a thin, smooth, bright white head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is outstanding, actually quite unique for a Stone brew, with heavy floral/perfume esters, pine resin, and tropical notes of tangerine and pineapple backed by spicy rye, fresh lemon zest, and honeysuckle with a touch of toasted, glazed donuts as it warms. flavor is simply wonderful, exactly what i expected following the aroma, with juicy, sweet tropical notes of mango, tangerine, and pineapple backed by a hefty dose of bitter hops, pine esters, and fresh lemon peel with subtle notes of rye toast, honey, and fresh herbs on the back end. as it opened up, this actually reminded of an obnoxiously dry-hopped version of Saison du Buff which is certainly a good thing in my book. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and the lemon zest adds a nice tart, citrusy balance to the huge, bitter, and tropical hop notes. overall, another over-the-top and wonderfully unique anniversary beer from stone. cheers to 16 years!
peteinSD (1235) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear, golden bronze pour with a large white head. Aroma is lemon, rye, sweet malt, pine, floral hops, and more lemon on the finish. Taste is lemon, rye, a fairly heavy and sweet malt presence, aggressive hop bitterness, and a somewhat clean finish although the alcohol does show. Heavy and on the sweet side IIPA but it drinks well. Coating, sticky mouthfeel. Nice beer.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly muted hop aromas. Tangerine, Orange peel, biscuit, rye and white fruit flavors. Overall seems like an amped version of Ruination 10th.
mystiksc (59) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrusy, perfume lemon hop aroma. Flavor is citrusy sweet spicy rye with lemon hints, grapefruit, mango. Signature stone hop overload. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is not detectable! Worked well in the current California end of summer heat. I would love it if this beer became bottled on the regular. I love it. Definitely one to drink fresh!!
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Bomber purchased from Red Carpet in Alta Loma. Aroma is lots of citrusy lemon notes along with a touch of honey. Pours a copper pour with white foamy head. Taste is initially bitter with lots of citrus as well. Wow this stuff is really bitter in the finish too. Not very balanced but damn this is yet another good hop bomb from STONE.
WesIRS (4) - Alta Loma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
stone 16th has a citrus aroma bitter hop finish. with lemon peel bite good beer to have many times again.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber split amongst friends. Really nice lemon presence mixed with a solid hop/malt balance. Wasnít sure how the lemon oil would play into this but it seems to work pretty well.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really tremendous lemon aroma on this golden orange brew. Then the taste smacks you with what could be called an arrogant amount of rye spice with a hint of tart lemon underneath. Bitterness is in the mix too but is a third wheel to this rye IPA. One of the better IPAís and beers that I have had in 2012.